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Russians vote for president

Russians began voting on Sunday to elect a president for the fifth time in the nation’s post-Soviet history, the first in which the president will serve a six-year term, and not four years as previously

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Russia "in silence": Tomorrow the presidential elections take place

Today from midnight in the whole of Russia there is a "Day of Silence."During the day before the election for President of Russia, which will be held tomorrow, March 4, any campaigning and politicaladvertising is prohibited. Only campaign materials put up before midnight may remain in place, but with the condition that they are located no closer than 50 meters from a polling station.According to the law, the ban on campaigning the day before the election is aimed at allowing voters to determine their final choice in a relaxed atmosphere.All the polling stations of the country where the presidential elections will be held on March 4 have been put under intensified round-the-clock guard by the police, RIA Novosti reports with reference to a representative of the Russian Interior Ministry.

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The All-Russian Azerbaijani Congress has held a meeting in support of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a candidate for president, APA reports.The sports and concert hall of Luzhniki was attended by Aras Agalarov, Telman Ismailov and his sons Alekper and Sarkhan Ismailovs, Farhad Ahmedov, Iskender Khalilov and former Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Abbas Abbasov.Former Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasily Istratov, Deputy Director General of ITAR-TASS Mikhail Gusman, MP Ramzan Abdulatipov attended the meeting.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s electoral fund has spent 411.0336 million rubles on the electoral campaign. About 33.2972 million rubles have been returned to individuals, legal bodies and the budget, 368.8853 million rubles were spent, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.The funds were spent on agitation in TV, publications, payments of services.Businessman Mikhail Prokhorov received 400 million rubles for his electoral fund and spent 319,6229 million rubles.

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Sergey Mironov, leader of Russia's social democrats, believes that his Fair Russia and CPRF will form a single bloc, he said at debates with CPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov at Radio Rossii.Mironov said that both parties want political reforms and amendments to the Electoral Code, formation of electoral commissions basing on parties. He believes that there is still time to reform all electoral commissions, including the CEC. Zyuganov agreed with the point.Mironov noted that formation of the parliament of the sixth calling allowed coalition blocs to organize.

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The upcoming Russian presidential elections on March 4 significantly increased the gathering activity. A many-thousand-strong rally in support of Vladimir Putin as a presidential candidate, which took place on February 23 rally on the Luzhniki Stadium, repeated the achievement of the Poklonnaya Hill rally in its mass character and in its essence. Commenting for VK on the Luzhniki rally in support of the presidency of Vladimir Putin and on its influence on the growth of Putin’s rating as a presidential candidate, the director of the International Institute of Political Studies, Yevgeny Minchenko, noted that the impact of such rallies is "not very big, but still nonetheless it exists."The expert identified several factors of the psychological impact on the electorate in the run-up to the March 4 elections: "The first factor is a picture for the voter. That is, people see and feel how many people had gathered to support Putin. Second, people came to this event from all over the country. They return home emotionally charged. They have a positive attitude: they have been to Moscow and participated in the rally, they have seen Putin who spoke at Luzhniki Stadium." The very appearance of Putin in public is important, "the people, obviously, left with a positive attitude and energetically charged," the analyst notes.In addition, mass rallies in support of the current regime in Russia are important in terms of foreign policy. Yevgeny Minchenko stresses that "this picture is also for the West. In order to discard the issue of the illegitimacy of the elections, of Putin's ratings and of the lack of popular support, please take a look: 150,000 people from across the country came out to support the regime."

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Russian servicemen in South Ossetia vote early

Servicemen of the 4th Russian military base in South Ossetia are voting early in presidential polls in the Kanchaveti Village of the Leningorsky District. Over 200 servicemen will give votes, Deputy Commander of the base Colonel Sergey Maksimov says.

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The Russian CEC approved ballot papers for the March 4 presidential elections today, Interfax reports.Vladimir Zhirinovski heads the list, Vladimir Putin is the fifth. Numeration of candidates in the polling sheets will be as follows: first – Vladimir Zhirinovski, leader of liberal democrats, second – Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the communists, third – Sergey Mironov, leader of Fair Russia, fourth - Mikhail Prokhorov, an independent candidate, fifth – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, leader of United Russia.

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The Russian Central Electoral Commission invalidated more than 20 percent of the signatures that Grigory Yavlinsky collected in support of his candidacy for the March 4 presidential election in the first check, RIA-Novosti reports. His total number of signatures is now below the two million required by law and his application for registration appears certain to be rejected.

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 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and leader of the United Russia Party has improved his rating from 48% to 52%, according to studies of the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center on January 14, published today, RIA Novosti reports.

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